Washington State Park Campground

DeSoto, Missouri 63020

Washington State Park Campground

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"On top of the pretty hills, hollows, and streams you expect to find in the Ozark landscapes, Washington State Park is also rich in both history and prehistory. The rustic cabins, lodge, headquarters, overlook shelters, and rough-hewn stone trail steps were built by a CCC company in the 1930s, and long before the CCC artisans made their mark here, the park’s prehistoric inhabitants carved two-thirds of Missouri’s known petroglyphs on rock outcroppings in the park’s 1,875 acres.

For anglers, there’s fishing for bass, bluegill, and catfish, and you can rent canoes, rafts, or tubes at the Thunderbird Lodge to explore the river above and below the park. Visits to the petroglyph panels are educational for folks of any age, and if someone in your family or group isn’t into camping, the park has nice cabins for rent."

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Trail Information

DeSoto
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
26 basic sites, 25 electric
Campsites
Year-round
Season
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
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